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UN adopts resolution in support of Georgia
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:24:00
Another message in support of Georgia and in critical address to Russia - The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Georgia in support of its state sovereignty and territorial integrity. “The UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia at its 34th session held on 24 March 2017. The Resolution initiated by Georgia was co-sponsored by 43 states. It needs to be underlined that this is the first resolution adopted with respect to Georgia by the UN Human Rights Council – the UN body primarily responsible for protecting human rights.In the Resolution the UN Human Rights Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. In addition, the UN Human Rights Council recognizes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Georgia to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.The UN Human Rights Council welcomes the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.The Resolution expresses serious concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia with special emphasis on reported kidnappings, arbitrary detention, and interference with property rights, restrictions on access to education in one’s native language, free movement and residence, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin in both regions.Furthermore, the Council expresses concern that internally displaced persons and refugees continue to be deprived of the right to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.The document highlights that the Office of the High Commissioner and other international and regional human rights mechanisms have no immediate access to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia. The Council, in this context, recognizes the need for an objective and impartial assessments and periodic reporting of the situation in these regions. Based on the foregoing, the Council calls for immediate access for the Office of the High Commissioner to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali regions.The UN Human Rights Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provi
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Security Architecture changed by Russia – Brussels Annual Conference
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:14:00
Georgia’s occupied territories, war in Ukraine, security architecture changed by Russia, European choice and challenges in that regard where one of the main topics during the 45-minute-long discussions in Brussels, Belgium. Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister took part in Brussels Annual Conference. Within the framework of the visit, Janelidze delivered a speech as part of the 6th Plenary Session dedicated to Eastern Europe and Caucasus issues. Euro-Atlantic security and challenges on the international arena were also discussed during the forum.  The forum then continued in Q&A format. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of Brussels Bureau of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was given the privilege to ask the first question. The facilitator presented Kardava as being the eyewitness of Brussels airport attack one year ago. 
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Members of Georgian Dream meeting with representatives of City Hall
Update Time: 2017-03-25 16:34:00
Members of the ruling Georgian Dream Party are meeting with representatives of Tbilisi City Hall. The meeting is being held at party’s central office. 
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Georgian Foreign Minister participating in Brussels Conference
Update Time: 2017-03-25 16:08:00
Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister is taking part in Brussels Annual Conference. Within the framework of the visit, Janelidze delivered a speech as part of the 6th Plenary Session dedicated to Eastern Europe and Caucasus issues. Euro-Atlantic security and challenges on the international arena were also discussed during the forum.  The forum then continued in Q&A format. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of Brussels Bureau of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was given the privilege to ask the first question. A meeting of Georgian Foreign Minister with US Senator John McCain is planned during the visit. 
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UN Human Rights Council confirms support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 11:37:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released information about the adoption of a resolution on Georgia by the United Nations Human Rights Council.“The UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia at its 34th session held on 24 March 2017. The Resolution initiated by Georgia was co-sponsored by 43 states. It needs to be underlined that this is the first resolution adopted with respect to Georgia by the UN Human Rights Council – the UN body primarily responsible for protecting human rights.In the Resolution the UN Human Rights Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. In addition, the UN Human Rights Council recognizes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Georgia to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.The UN Human Rights Council welcomes the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.The Resolution expresses serious concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia with special emphasis on reported kidnappings, arbitrary detention, and interference with property rights, restrictions on access to education in one’s native language, free movement and residence, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin in both regions.Furthermore, the Council expresses concern that internally displaced persons and refugees continue to be deprived of the right to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.The document highlights that the Office of the High Commissioner and other international and regional human rights mechanisms have no immediate access to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia. The Council, in this context, recognizes the need for an objective and impartial assessments and periodic reporting of the situation in these regions. Based on the foregoing, the Council calls for immediate access for the Office of the High Commissioner to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali regions.The UN Human Rights Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provide technical assistance and to present its reports on the human
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Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of NGOs
Update Time: 2017-03-24 16:08:00
Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of the non-governmental organizations.  Ex-President criticizes them and accuses them of acting in concert with Russia against him.NGO representatives have made the first assessments on Saakashvili’s statement.
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Mikheil Janelidze paid a visit to US
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:21:00
Georgia is in the agenda of US new administration and country's interests will be taken into account as much as possible - Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has assessed his visit to US.Within the frame of the visit Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings and took part in Global Coalition Conference, which was attended by 68 countries and where the action plan against terrorism was worked out.As it turned out Georgia’s Prime Minister also plans to arrive in Washington in the nearest future.
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Session of National Security Council held at Presidential Administration
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 19:54:00
The session of National Security Council has been held at the Presidential Administration today.  According to Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, several issues have been discussed during the session; among them:  the security environment in the Black Sea region, preparation for the NATO summit and a coordinated inter-agency action in this direction.“We spoke about upcoming the Brussels summit and steps that need to be taken in this direction. An important task is that the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council, the Prime Minister and the President to act together to draw our partners attention to the issue of Georgia at this summit", - said the President.The session was attended by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council Davit Rekviashvili, Chair of the Defense and Security Committee Irakli Sesiashvili, Minister for Defence Levan Izoria and head of the General Staff of Georgia's armed forces Vladimer Chachibaia.
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National Security Council session is underway
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 18:01:00
The National Security Council session is being held at the Avlabari Presidential Palace for the time being.  The Prime Minister and the head of the Defense and Security Committee are taking part in the session.The agenda of the meeting includes several issues: the Black Sea Regional Security, Georgia-NATO partnership agenda, reforms in the Defense Ministry and unite national approach toward national security.Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze does not attend the session. 
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Institute of President is ignored -MPs speak about Security Council session
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 16:10:00
MPs are making explanations about not attending the session of Security Council since morning.In parallel, the opposition raised the issues which they consider as important for discussing them at the session.The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00. Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not attend the Security Council session.
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Parliament Speaker not to attend Security Council session
Update Time: 2017-03-23 16:07:00
Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not attend the Security Council session. The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00.The President of Georgia has summoned the National Security Council session  to discuss the following issues. Among them are: The Black Sea Regional Security Environment, Georgia-Nato partnership agenda, Reforms in the Defense Ministry, Unite National Approach toward National Security .
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Giorgi Mgebrishvili met Dimitris Avramopoulos
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 12:20:00
Within the work visit to Brussels, Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Euro-commissioner on migration, home affairs and citizenship issues - Dimitris Avramopoulos.At the meeting sides discussed progress achieved by Georgia in the direction of Euro-integration. Sides made special emphasis on the role of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in accomplishing visa liberalization action plan.Minister of Internal Affairs has assessed the strategic and political importance of the visa free regime in the Schengen states within the context of the cooperation with the EU and outlined importance of the support of the European institutions after launching visa free regime.
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A special program to be launched at checkpoints in relation with the visa-free regime
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:11:00
A special program will be launched at the customs checkpoints in relation with the visa-free travel to Schengen member countries, - The Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement at the governmental session today. According to PM the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are working together to make special changes in customs system. Prime Minister noted that the visa liberalization is essential success for Georgia, which needs maintenance. He highlighted that government's efforts aimed at gaining the status of a safe country.
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Almost all ministries moved to government city in Ortachalla district
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:07:00
The government city will be constructed in Ortachala district of Tbilisi, where almost all ministries will be relocated. Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at today's government session. "We decided to build a government city in Ortachala, next to the place where the project of a business house is being carried out, in order to improve the quality of service. Quite a large territory has been allocated for this purpose. On the one hand, it will be very good, a lot of office space will be freed in the city center, and on the other hand, the construction sector will be encouraged. Almost all ministries will be located in Ortachalla with few exceptions. This is an important project and I welcome it,"- he said.
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National Security Council session to be held today
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 12:07:00
The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00.Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not be able to attend the Security Council session due to plenary sessions.Minority representatives have expressed hope that the meeting will focus on the recent developments between Russia and Georgia.
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PM - I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this aggression of terrorism
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:05:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has expressed concern over the London terror attack. “The government and people of Georgia will always stand side by side with the civilized world in the fight against the extreme cruelty” - the Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement. “I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this unimaginable aggression of terrorism. The evil will not be able to defeat progress and humanity in the 21st century", - he said.Five people died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.
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PM to travel to Athens and then to Brussels together with students
Update Time: 2017-03-23 10:10:00
"On March 28 I will travel to Athens, the ancient capital city of the European culture, together with students and then leave for Brussels, the political center of Europe, to celebrate visa-free regime with special events", - Georgia’s Prime Minister made the regarding statement before the governmental session today. According to Prime Minister the launching of the EU visa-free regime will be celebrated with special events during three days.  “From March 28 Georgian citizens will be able to travel to Schengen countries visa-free. As you know, all the legal procedures have been completed. We plan to hold special events on 26-27-28 March to mark this important event", - he said.
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Parliament set to override President’s veto over bill on covert wiretapping
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 18:00:00
The Parliamentary Majority today will attempt to override the 6th veto of President Giorgi Margvelashvili on bill about covert wiretapping and related investigative activities. Ana Dolidze, President’s Parliamentary Secretary introduced lawmakers to the motivated remarks of president.  “We believe that the law has to be adopted in the given form as it was approved by the parliament,” Prime Minister thus commented about bill on cover wiretapping. The ruling team disapproved President’s decision. “I don’t see any malice about veto,” Irma Inashvili, MP from Patriots’ Alliance said. On March 21, parliamentary Legal Issues Committee did not support the motivated remarks submitted by president. The ruling team said it was no time for practicing experiments in security sphere. The opposition says that the proposed bill does not ensure protection of citizens’ rights.
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National Movement: Trucks with Russian plate numbers observed in Bolnisi
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 17:36:00
National Movement leader Nugzar Tsiklauri claims that trucks with Russian plate numbers are observed to be on their way in Bolnisi town of Kvemo Kartli region presumably carrying military equipment to Armenia.Tsiklauri has called on the government representatives and President to study the fact. National Movement has also presented the photo and video material confirming the above-mentioned. “The trucks are carrying the packaged, veiled load. We assume it contains heavy military technique,” Tsiklauri said. 
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PM comments about Bill on covert wiretapping
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:12:00
“We believe that the law has to be adopted in the given form as it was approved by the parliament,” Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili thus commented about bill on covert wiretapping. The Parliamentary Majority today will attempt to override the 6th veto of President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Law about covert wiretapping and related investigative activities. On March 21, parliamentary Legal Issues Committee did not support the motivated remarks submitted by president. The ruling team said it was no time for practicing experiments in security sphere. The opposition says that the proposed bill does not ensure protection of citizens’ rights.
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